The first week of your baby

After going through the “labor” of reproduction, bringing your newborn home is quite an exciting experience. It really does not matter how well you are prepared for this adventurous journey, your heart is bouncing with pleasure as you begin learning to live a new life with your baby.

As you embark on this exploratory journey, you gradually learn a few basic things like what to expect in your little one’s first week.

Bonding with your baby?

Attachment with your baby is one of the grand delights of parenthood, but it does not always develop right away. You are adjusting to your new life and your baby is slowly but surely getting habituated to being “out” to eventually join in the human race.

For kindling the process of bonding:

  • Skin-to-skin contact

As you cuddle and embrace your baby with emotions, the baby will begin to understand the tacit sensation. Hold the baby close while feeding.  You may gently massage and stroke your little one to amplify the skin-to-skin contact.

  • Talk-baby-talk

Babble, coo, speak or sing a lullaby.  The baby just loves your sound.

  • Smile looking in your baby’s eyes

Smiling really is contagious, they say.  Over a period of time, the baby will begin mimicking your appearances.

 How much newborns generally sleep?

Your baby initially will be sleeping for nearly 16 hours a day, but, not all in one go.  It is just one to two hours at one time. By the age of six months, the newborns generally sleep for 6 hours during night time.

Some tips on how to put your baby to sleep:

  • When the baby makes a fuss at night, it is wisely waiting for a while for the baby to calm down and getting back to sleep on her own.
  • Keep quiet while changing the diaper or feeding at night. Never ever try waking up the baby and interrupting her sleep.
  • Remain active to play with your child during all the day. The baby will get habituated to stay awake during the day and sleep at night for a longer period.

How frequently your baby should take a bottle or how much feed is enough for the baby?

The baby should be fed with a gap about every 2-3 hours. You can assume that the baby is getting enough feed when:

  • Your baby spends 10-15 minutes at each of your breasts or drinks 2-3 ounces of feeding formula.
  • The baby wets more than six diapers and dirty more than two diapers within 24 hours.
  • The baby is likely to lose a little weight during the first week. But, don’t you worry; she will begin gaining it back from the second week onwards.  In case you are overly concerned about your baby’s weight, you may like to consult with a pediatrician.

How frequently should you bathe your baby?

Bathing your baby up to three times in a week is good enough. On the day you are not giving a bath to your baby, clean her with a wash cloth or a sponge dipped in lukewarm water.

How to take care of the belly button on my baby?

Keep the base of the baby’s umbilical cord and the skin surrounding it dry and clean in anticipation of drying up of the cord stump on its own and falling off.

  • Do not ever immerse the umbilical cord in water. Give the baby spongy baths in case you cannot avoid the submersing.
  • Ideally, you should be folding the baby’s diapers below the umbilical cord. This way you will be avoiding the pee from making it wet.

Consult the doctor in case your baby begins crying when you accidentally touch the umbilical cord. The baby may have caught the infection. If you notice redness around the base or yellow fluid or rotten smell, they are the warning symptoms of an infection.

How to take care of your baby’s circumcision?

Your baby son’s penis may be quite red for some days. But the redness should disappear within a week’s time. In case of it getting worse or you are overly concerned, consult your doctor.

  • Keep your baby son’s penis hygienic, particularly when the diaper gets dirty. Use plain water or a mix of water and a gentle cleanser, as required.
  • Apply a modest amount of petroleum jelly on the glans of the baby’s penis for avoiding its gluing to the diaper.

What else you need to do?

You deserve to enjoy the bliss of parenthood!

While familiarizing your baby more, you should remember the fundamental tips, such as:

  • You should always be putting your baby to snooze on her back.
  • The sleeping area of the baby should be absolutely empty. That means no toys, pillows, blankets or soft bedding or crib bumpers.
  • You may like making your baby sleep in your room and/or vice-versa. You are advised not to snooze or sleep on the same bed.
  • Do not ever neglect visits to your doctor and the baby’s immunizations.
  • The nutritional values of the breast milk are enormous. So, breastfeed the baby as long as you can.
  • Keep the baby in all comforts. Do not try overdressing the baby.  Overheating the baby is no good.
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